Matrics burnt beyond recognition in crash

2011-09-24 17:00

Johannesburg - Eight high school students returning home from their matric dance died in a head-on collision near Tzaneen, Limpopo police said on Saturday.

"Matric students from different schools had hired a [chartered minibus] taxi to transport them from a matric dance on Friday night," said Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi.

He said the taxi collided with a car and burst into flames, burning six of the eight students beyond recognition.

The taxi driver and the sole passenger of the car were both killed. The driver of the car survived.

The accident took place on the R36 between Tzaneen and Nkowankowa just before midnight.

Mulaudzi said five of the students in the taxi had been identified by Saturday. The identities of the victims had not been released, at their families' request.

"We are helping them as much as we can in terms of counselling."

Police were still investigating the cause of the accident.

  • castle lager - 2011-09-24 17:12


      DarwinEvolution - 2011-09-24 18:12

      Where are we safe? Not on our roads, or our homes, or work, or even on vacation!! South Africa has become too dangerous to live in peace!!! When will people begin to realize that enough is enough!!! Why cant you just let us live in peace!!!!!!!!

      MWF - 2011-09-24 18:22

      One common thing with all these mini-taxis.. wonder what it could be

      Expat - 2011-09-24 20:41

      All people in SA need counseling just to lead some form of semi-normal lives, there is only so much that rugby and braaiing can do in terms of therapy

      mozzer - 2011-09-25 08:52

      Yoni, You are an arse. These young people were mautre enough to arrange transport so they they were not driving under the influence. Your stupidity is not appreciated by the families and friends of these innocent victims, or by anyone who empathises with them.

      Yoni - 2011-09-25 18:34

      According to other sources this crazy crash-and-burn disaster actually happened in the wee hours of the morning. I doubt if they felt a thing. The point is, don't drive or be driven on our roads in the early monrning hours if you can avoid it, even more so if you over-indulged.

  • Whoosa - 2011-09-24 17:14

    This is becoming a weekly ocurance now.Yep, thats what happens in a lawles 3rd world country. Probaply not roadworthy, overspeeding, drunk, fake licence, road full of potholes etc etc. Forget about lowering the speed limit, thats not the problem. To many bad, arrogant drivers and unroadworthy vehicles on our roads, especialy these taxis. They should be polised more harshly. condolances to the families. Jeeez, what a k#k place SA has become. People in charge not fit enough the run this country. Hello Afria, here we come!

      peter the gr - 2011-09-24 17:35

      A Weekly?? A Daily one at that!!

      SpijoC - 2011-09-24 18:13

      Whoosa your comment is narrow minded this is an accident that can happen anywhere even in that so called firt world country where you are, May the young lives RIP and their families God comfort them.

      DarwinEvolution - 2011-09-24 18:19

      Couldn;t agree withyou more on that one Whoosa...always know how to F things up!!

      Obama - 2011-09-24 19:06

      8 people are dead, most of which are pupils. And Whoosa says this happened because we r in a 3rd world country. What an Idiot! This could have happened anywhere in the world. As I write this response now, there's people who are getting mugged or killed in different parts of the USA, someone just got involved in a car accident somewhere in the UK... I mean the list goes on. May their souls rest in peace and may their families find some comfort from this tragedy.

      Al - 2011-09-24 22:07

      @SpijoC: Sorry I don't agree with you. I have worked in Europe, Asia and Australia. Our roads are mad dude. My foreign wife struggles to drive here, because everybody drives so fast and break the rules.

      fragtion - 2011-09-24 23:07

      @Whoosa Well said - it's pathetic really... when I saw they want to lower the speed limit to 100km/h it just hit me. That's obviously nowhere near the root cause of the problem. It's like implementing ludicrous tolls on our highways to recover lost taxes because the president is so corrupt that he hires a private plane for R17mil to take his 17 wives on holiday. Completely corrupt, illogical, backwards

      akaRags - 2011-09-25 01:08

      @SpijoC & Obama - YES, this an accident that can happen anywhere in the world, BUT find out which countries have a high traffic death rate and it is mostly African and Arab countries. While South Africa may not have THE highest death rate on the roads, it certainly has among the highest, so while such an accident CAN happen anywhere else in the world, your chances of being involved in such an accident are just MUCH higher in South Africa. Just like the crime, yes it happens elsewhere in the world, but chances are MUCH higher of you being a victim in SA than other countries. Go read online newsites from England, the US, Europe, Australia & you will certainly NOT be reading NEARLY as MANY news reports of such horror accidents as we read about in South Africa. People like you two are trying to smokescreen our HIGH death rate on the roads (& high crime rate) Burying your heads in the sand & wearing rose tinted glasses is not going to help this country.

      akaRags - 2011-09-25 01:29

      @SpijoC & Obama - PS, regardless of wether such accidents happen elswhere in the world, the fact is it happened HERE, in South Africa and like it or not these sort of accidents actually happen WAY MORE in this country, as compared to first world countries. You may not like to hear it, but it's true. People like you two are the narrow minded idiots.

      bakerman - 2011-09-25 15:55

      Germany with 92 million citizen suffered just over 4000 (Fourthousend) road fatalities in 2010, this figure has been steadily declining for the last 20 years- reason amongst others Cars are roadworthy, drivers obey rules & are able to drive ably due to competent driver training, police is competent. I don't know density of cars per kilometer, but will be considerable higher than RSA, Just a thought-ALL VEHICLES conveying goods or passengers for financial gain must have a "Tacho Graph" or similar installed which could be inspected by a newly formed - CORRUPTION FREE - special traffic enforcement agency

  • tootingdel - 2011-09-24 17:19

    It was probably drunk driving. And here in Cape Town an advocate and magistrate were hauled over for just the same offence - at which stage the magistrate berated the officials for apprehending them. What a disgrace - it shows what can happen when drivers lose control - if this is the case in this incident. i feel for all of their families and friends

      grant9 - 2011-09-25 01:04

      I wonder what the magistrate and her companions' version of events is...

      Rialine Steyn - 2011-09-26 09:23

      The kids were in a Taxi, they were not drunk driving. And the driver of the car (that died) was not drunk either.

  • Mikemcc - 2011-09-24 17:21

    Very tragic!

  • OZNOB - 2011-09-24 17:22

    WHAT A WASTE. The pupils did the right thing by hiring a taxi to take them to their destination and even that did not help them - my condolances to the families

  • Alan - 2011-09-24 17:36

    Another 'collision', stated as if it were an accident. Nothing accidental about it; it means one car was on the wrong side of the road. There is nothing accidental about a crash caused by someone driving on the wrong side of the road. Why is a taxi almost always involved?

      Mikemcc - 2011-09-24 18:59

      @Alan, methinks you need to check the definition of "accidental". Unless one of the drivers was planning on killing themselves this collision can still be considered accidental. This of course does not mean that no-one is responsible.

      jasonlinsa - 2011-09-24 21:06

      Collision is a term better used as 'accidental' implies that noone was as fault. Even though it was not a planned collision, this accident was caused by negligent.

      Mikemcc - 2011-09-24 21:30

      @jasonlinsa, what info is available that indicates that negligence caused this accident?

      Janine - 2011-09-24 23:34

      @mikemcc - if it was a head on (as reported) then someone was driving on the wrong side of the road. I'd call that negligent.

      grant9 - 2011-09-25 01:19

      We don't know all the facts - the police are still investigating. Suppose one vehicle hit a pothole? Suppose one vehicle had a mechanical breakdown? Suppose one driver had a heart attack or black-out (or white-out)? We just don't know. The best we can do for now is put the blame on the DA and watch them sqirm!

      Mikemcc - 2011-09-25 06:31

      @Janine, grant9 mentions some of the reasons why it may not necessarily be a cut and dried case of negligence (potholes, medical issues etc), admittedly grant9 then goes on to ramble about the DA which contributes nothing to the debate.

      Jason Lin - 2011-09-25 07:48

      @Mikemcc, The fact of the matter is, someone was on the wrong side of the road. If that was the result of a pothole, then speed was also factor!! If the driver was swerving to avoid a pothole without considering oncomng traffic... oh what the heck.

  • Slapper - 2011-09-24 17:37

    What a tragedy. Deepest condolences to the Families and friends. These kids did the right thing and still got nailed. What next?

  • grant9 - 2011-09-24 17:41

    What depressing news for the weekend. I'm sure the media tribuneral will not allow such reporting. Police are investigating the cause of the crash. No doubt the DA and Helen Zille were somehow involved...

      Rastus - 2011-09-24 18:01

      grant9 - why the hell did they grant you 9 months you imbecile! Euthanasia should have been an option for your parents! Tw*t!

      grant9 - 2011-09-25 00:40

      Caught most of you out, didn't I?

  • 106SA - 2011-09-24 17:52

    Tragic that young lives are lost, but, the driving(the drivers) on SA roads and the condition of(their) vehicles,in general, is POOR,DANGEROUS and simply speaking of the worst in the world.Coupled with an ineffective government and totally useless cops,the situation will only get worse.Soon one will ban one's kids from driving??

  • Angelo - 2011-09-24 17:54

    Taxis kill more people than aids..

  • KarooOstrich - 2011-09-24 17:56

    Another head-on collision! Head-on's can only happen when one of the vehicles is on the wrong side of the road. This seems to be comming a daily occurence. This also goes to show that reducing the speed limit is NOT the answer. Condolences to the families, very sad.

  • Bewildered - 2011-09-24 17:57

    This was supposed to be a celebration of the completion of 12 years in school. What a tragedy. My heartfelt condolences to the families.

  • Harold - 2011-09-24 18:01

    When will someone do something about these bloody taxis?

      KarooOstrich - 2011-09-24 19:49

      Let's in all fairness wait for further reports. We don't know for sure yet which one of the vehicles was on the wrong side of the road. But yes, sure these taxis are a bloody menace on our roads

  • Face - 2011-09-24 18:02

    I don't think one can imagine how the parents must feel right now, all my condolences to the friends and families - Common road rules are there for a reason and someone here did not obey. I've been to the east and it is just amazing how people patiently wait in queues, how they obey common rules, something that definitely lacks in Africa.

  • SpetsnazLaz - 2011-09-24 18:14

    Africa will be taken over by the western world soon due to the lack of competent governments. Unfortunately innocent people have to suffer for it. Our government, taxi associations & municipalities can take the blame for this one. This political correctness world we live in is BS. I should be able to call you black & useless and not be accused of being a racist. The fact is the TRUTH hurts and that is what they cannot deal with. So, up yours Zuma & cadres. My condolences to the families.

      Obama - 2011-09-24 19:12

      And what has this tragedy got to do with Zuma and the rest of the ANC government?? I mean, come on!! Any opportunity to spew your vile on this forum. 8 people are dead, dead from a car accident. You ppl seriously need to get an attitude change... Fast!

      freedom - 2011-09-24 19:42

      @Obama what has this got to do with the ANC you ask? well they do try and run the country you know...make rules etc etc. They unfortunately cannot control the taxi drivers! there are more taxi related accidents than any other, and now they want to impose a 100km speed limit across the board, as far as my knowledge serves me the limit for public transport is 100km/hr. However it may be, they, the African National Circus can't control diddly squat exept the bribes that line their fat pockets and spending OUR money on court cases to protect the criminals in their Circus!!!

      Obama - 2011-09-24 20:37

      @Freedom. A taxi transporting pupils from matric dance was involved in a head on collision with a motor vehicle. Does the article mention anywhere that the taxi started driving on the wrong lane and therefore caused the crash?? Does the article mention that the ANC was driving the taxi or the car? Your anger towards blacks in general and therefore the ANC continues to cloud your thinking. Learn to separate issues and deal with specific issues within their context and relevance. Else, u risk looking very foolish. All you see is what your narrow mind wants you to see. Get yourself a projector and start seeing the bigger picture in life.

      Al - 2011-09-24 22:13

      @Obama: Sorry you are wrong. It is all the ANC government's fault. How can you not see it? We don't have any traffic enforcement, they are all hiding in bushes. How often do you see a Taxi skip a red robot? Try that in a normal country like. Common man, wake up.

      freedom - 2011-09-24 22:44

      @Obama what bigger picture would you like to see? The fact that foreighn investors are afraid to invest due to your comrade Jujus frame of thinking and the ANcircus notbeingable to control him or maybe the Billions that getting laundred bythe ones that you so faithfully vote for, or the fact that our hospitals, schools and infrastructures are starting to collapse under Anc rule sorry bud there isnt a bigger picture .... sorry there is one its called a nightmare waiting to happen thanx ANC

      SpetsnazLaz - 2011-09-25 12:09

      @Obama You could not even pick an original name.. Pathetic!!

  • Ingrid Lanzendorfer - 2011-09-24 18:27

    This is so very tragic, my heart goes out the families who have now lost their beloved children. When is this ever going to stop ...

  • lyn.duplessis - 2011-09-24 18:30

    This is just too awful for words. Was the taxi driver drunk? Poor, poor children x

  • Nox - 2011-09-24 18:30

    This is bad reporting;why not mentioned the fact tht they r black or white.we know tht we r a polarised nation y try hard.oil & water under normal conditions do not mix.for stupid whites i mean STD.

      106SA - 2011-09-24 18:44

      Nox..are you dumb or just plain stupid.You need help!!!

      Face - 2011-09-24 18:50

      Life is a given and has got nothing to do with race or color, every life wasted or lost is a tragedy.

      freedom - 2011-09-24 19:44

      @106sa Cmon dude Nox is dumb AND stupid

      moiraine - 2011-09-24 22:06

      I am trying hard to understand your point, despite the fact that it is irrelevant

  • BigMoose - 2011-09-24 18:47

    Absolute tragedy. Horrific.

  • Carlos - 2011-09-24 18:49

    And of course, here is another chance to call Blacks useless... We all mourn the tragic death of these children, but stop the racial poison already!

      DarwinEvolution - 2011-09-24 19:01

      Carlos i understand what your saying...but lately it's been very difficult to digest what is always in the news. To be perfectly honest with you i've never had this feeling but every day that goes by ....hmmm how should i put resentment grows that much deeper. Why are they always in the news for the worng reasons. Please advise how i can defend my moral values when all i hear is negative? Regards

      Obama - 2011-09-24 20:27

      @Darwin. Your narrow minded analysis suggests that your level of intelligence hasnt quite reached the maturity of evolution that one would expect of a normal person. Your resentment has everything to do with your racial stereotypes, made worst by the very same Media that is supposed to be impartial. You r right to ask why r "they", referring to us Blacks by the way as they, always in the news for the wrong reasons? And with this question, u have probably concluded that white ppl do no wrong and that is what they r never in the news. If this accident had happened while Helen Zille was President, we wouldnt b having this discussion. You r just one of those white bigots who need to pack up and leave SA, this way u stop moaning and we can continue messin up the country to our heart's content, as u guys so well put it. Why r u still here??? Leave!!! How long do you think you will continue to treat us like sub humans?? Its people like you who make people like Julius so relevant in this country.

      DarwinEvolution - 2011-09-24 21:01

      Really? you guys have it all, and yet you still know how to f it up!! Let me tell you that i employ 20 local Africans...what the f are YOU doing to get people employed??? Shut your ANCYL mouth...suck on some tenders and BEE deals whilst f'ing your own people over. Arora sound familiar???...hmmm is that not nationalisation. dont come here with your racial slurs i probably have more local arfican friends than you do!!! Keep on driving your European German BMX car...your so fake...Pffff i pity you!!

      Obama - 2011-09-24 21:34

      The mere fact that u know how many black people u employ, makes u an even bigger racist dude. What r u doin, sittin there counting. And FYI, I run a very successful company that doesn't rely on any tenders, never even had a single government tender as u so put it. I have created more opportunities for aspiring young Black guys than u ever will in your lifetime. Once again, your narrow mindedness catches up with u. U sittin there thinking every young black guy is with the YL and is a tenderpreneur. Get out some more and see the real life out there. Idiot! And if u had more African friends than I do, u'd probably have a deeper understanding of Africans and not this narrow minded view u keep spewing here. And FYI, I drive a nice car cause I can... You stupidity has you believing that driving an expensive German car makes me fake.. Wow dude... Look around you.. Guess all of us in our Beemers and Mercs and Audis r fake and u r just the real deal!! Yey

      DarwinEvolution - 2011-09-24 21:55 get back on your you're saying that 1 IT guy and his family is more important than 1 mechanical engineer and his family?!? LOL...I rest my my delinquent are a hypocritical fool. Let me guess you set up the…hmm NEW JOBURG CITY BILLING PROGRAM? …sorry doesn’t work….HMMM…the new Vehicle Licensing online website…sorry doesn’t work. No I know you digitally record all court hearings…and let me guess you were the guy whom lost 25000 hearings and now those criminals are released due to lack of evidence. Yip I gotcha

      Al - 2011-09-24 22:24

      @Obama: I work in the science and software development industry. I work for a company that employs about 100 scientists. We are more than desperate to hire blacks. Yet it is rare to find one. Out of the 100 we have about 3 blacks. This in a country where blacks make up 85% of the population. There is something very very very wrong with those statistics and the problem lay squarely with the ANC and ANCYL. Obama I put it to you, you need to see the real world. I have never ever heard the ANC tell the truth and say to their followers, "if you want to succeed you have to work hard". I hope you have never voted for the ANC, if you had you should be ashamed of yourself.

      DarwinEvolution - 2011-09-24 22:59

      Obama...where out you? No words have you? T's normal when he know no right from wrong. May it be that he find righteousness and not dwell on forgotten past.

      Jason Lin - 2011-09-25 07:56

      Hey Carlos, I agree 100% with you. Not enough details were given to indicate that the taxi was indeed at fault (even though they are usually a menance). Assumptions cannot be made in this incident. It' amazing how all posts on news24 will eventually turn into race related hatespeech.

  • Allieo - 2011-09-24 18:50

    This is what happens and will happen as long as the taxi industry (read mafia) is stronger than the government.......

  • chantal de pierres - 2011-09-24 18:57

    Please dont drive on the wrong side of the road! Only overtake if you can see ahead clearly, if you can't see then do not overtake.

      freedom - 2011-09-24 19:52

      @ Chantal uhmm taxi drivers dont obey the rules you and I do they have their own rule book! we stay off pavements they drive on them if they wish,we dont stop on a red line they are colour blind thatswhy they dont stop at red robots if theydont want to, to them it gets treated as a four way stop, we dont overtake on the left hand side to them its right of way not an emergency lane, and so the list goes on and on but the man that gets caught for exeeding the speed limit by 15km is a menace because its a soft target, more effort should be spent by law enforcement to curb the reckless driving of these mobsters, Western Cape is trying very hard but the punishment for the taxi owners just isnt enough

  • Gabri Randall - 2011-09-24 19:07

    My deepest sympathy to these families these teenagers obiviously thought they are going be safer. What a sad loss to the country.

  • TinaM - 2011-09-24 19:08

    This is such a horrific tragedy! Why oh why must there always be a taxi involved in these accident headlines? My heart breaks for these poor kids' friends and family... they were just starting out with their lives.

  • Craig Louw - 2011-09-24 19:15

    @spijo wake up and smell the coffee, everyday and sometimes twice a day there are reports in the news of taxis involved in accidents. People must start seeing our country as a while and as a whole the taxi industry kills, mames and hurts many people. An accident is once or twice but If we as south Africans allow these demons to carry on destroying lives then we are just a guilty.

  • MX2 - 2011-09-24 19:38

    Hello Nox. Your response is not articulate. Are you drunk or smoking something? What on earth do you mean by “they r black or white.we know tht we r a polarised nation y try hard.oil & water under normal conditions do not mix.for stupid whites i mean STD.” This is not good English. What are you actually trying to say? Perhaps you are on the wrong forum & should join the other forums that cater for simple, uneducated retards. There are many to choose from.

      freedom - 2011-09-24 19:53

      well said mx2 but dont think nox can read

  • Polar1 - 2011-09-24 20:33

    Kids that have got into a taxi beliving that all is ok,taken out before the candle of life even was lit. Taxis are the scourge on our roads.

  • Yankee - 2011-09-24 20:36

    Grant9. What the hell is a tribuneral you idiot. You dont realise it but you had a head -on smash with fresh air when you were born and you have remained an OXYGEN-THIEF.

  • Sived - 2011-09-24 21:54

    I do not intend defending the taxi industry. I share the same sentiment as many and agree that their road etiquette is non existent. Taxis however are an integral part of our infrastruture, moving anywhere between 11 - 15 million passengers daily. Consequently taxis play an important role in SA. This is not about the taxis, its about the tragic accident and the people that lost their lives. In our comments we assume that the taxi is at fault, we ask if the taxi driver was drunk, we make statements that South Africa is a dangerous place to live in, we make reference to race. We really are a sick soceity. How do we reconcile the loss of human life with the above. The loss of young life is always tragic and a number of different factors may have contributed towards this tagedy and yes some of these factors may be human error, dilapidated infrastructure, weather, visibility, roadworthiness of vehicles, etc. Now that we have identified possible dangers, let's put ourselves in the shoes of the poor souls that lost their lives. It's our final year at school, the main event before our final exams is the matric dance, we dearly want to attend this grand finale but we have no transport. Considering the available transport options would we do anything different? We know the route to the matric dance can be dangerous at night. Would we forfeit the opportuniy of attending the main event? I think not. Tragically young lives are lost. Let us be supportive and not judgemental.

      ernest.gouws - 2011-09-24 22:05

      Well said Sived. Why do every single article become a racial / political issue. So Sad. There is a place and time for everything.

  • duettists - 2011-09-24 22:10

    How very sad to hear of the horrific deaths of these young people, who had their whole lives ahead of them. There are far too many accidents like this on our roads. I think also of those children who lost their lives in the Knysna accident and other recent accidents involving children. Something radical needs to be done to halt the carnage taking place on South African roads. I feel for all the grieving families. Their lives will never be the same again now that they have lost their beloved children.

  • owamin1 - 2011-09-24 22:22

    What a sad story. I cannot begin to imagine what their families may be going through right now. May their young souls rest in peace.

  • akaRags - 2011-09-25 00:31

    I live a few minutes walk from the CBD. As I sit here just after midnight on a Sat/Sunday, pay day at that too, I can hear cars racing about, many of whom will have drunk drivers at the wheel I'm sure. I digress. It's SO sad that these young lives have been lost, kids with their whole lives ahead of them, but until the driving culture changes in this country & until there is a ZERO tolerance stance from the Traffic dept, NOTHING will change. Unfortunately, far too many drivers on our roads just don't care, they live for the moment, with no thought of the consequences of their lawless driving, and as long as they know they can get away with their devil may care attitude, people will continue to die and I truly wonder if the public and the traffic dept. really have the will to stop this road carnage.

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  • pig - 2011-09-25 06:41

    my condolence to the family's

  • dale mckinla - 2011-09-25 08:05

    always a taxi involved in these accidents,why are they still on the roads!!

  • ian.d.samson - 2011-09-25 10:00

    Once again I reiterate my call for taxi driver re-testing!

      grant9 - 2011-09-25 11:53

      I'm pretty sure the majority of taxi drivers were not tested in the first place.

  • Podgette - 2011-09-25 10:22

    Every year, this same tragedy occurs - so sad for these kids at the brink of going out into the big wide world!

  • - 2011-09-25 11:40

    Loss of life is so bad in any form but here again we are talking taxi with all the neg press they been getting it leaves on pondering there is no smoke with out fire and most taxi drivers are a law unto themselfs.They are worse than AIDS/CANCER.

  • laity.mopai - 2011-09-25 12:37

    What's happening to LIMPOPO first young kids in Venda then metrics in Tzannen. OMG please bring your messy please.

  • Alexia - 2011-09-25 21:50

    This article is not clear... It starts with Johannesburg- then it informs us about an accident outside of Tzaneen. First of all, this accident happened on Thursday night (outside of Tzaneen not JHB) - it was a pre-party not a matric dance. These kids partied on their own and they were from 3 different high schools in the area. The taxi driver was drunk and it collided with a car that also had high school children in it. This was a terrible accident and my heart goes out to the family and scholars thats mourning the loss off their friends.

  • dzunisaniportia.ngobeni - 2011-09-26 11:06

    Yoni that's a bad thing to say, one of the boys who dies was my friend, and he does not drink, so do not comment if you don't have full information on what really happened * PISSED*

  • Bronni - 2011-10-01 10:56

    This is so sad!

  • Vuyoyo - 2011-10-01 10:58

    For the past two weeks most accidents have been involving TAXIS... Why cant we get rid of this Taxi industry.... All that it is doing is KILL people. This has to come to a STOP now. Enough is enough

  • surita.coetzer - 2011-10-01 11:03

    Tragic! Our heart go out to the parents and family. May they all rest in peace.

  • gareth - 2011-10-02 09:49

    this is so sad,another accident involving pupils.what's going on?

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